“Your statues are wonderful; therefore i obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Direct my footsteps according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:129-130; 133a
The running path makes all the difference. I am picky when it comes to where I run. I choose the path based on multiple questions: Am I able to run with a view of nature around me (in other words, as little cars, city noise/smells as possible)? Am I able to have a small amount of distractions? Do my feet have space to run without being crowded to “walk the line”? Is there dirt or pavement beneath my feet (because I would prefer dirt)? Is it well lit (if I am going on a night or early morning run)?
I think I am so picky about where I run because I have made the mistake of choosing poorly before and I don’t want to “go down that road” again. One path I chose I will never forget. I chose it because it was conveniently located right outside my husband’s office and I only had a limited time frame. At the beginning it seemed it would be easy and comfortable since I knew the area around his office well. But it was anything but easy and comfortable. I ended up having to tip toe my way around multiple sticker bushes because the path had not been well kept. I tripped multiple times because of big boulders in the way. After this path, I was scratched, bruised and stressed. The running path makes all the difference.
When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to risk mistakes. But once you are on that road… run, run, run, and don’t stop til you’ve reached its end.
― José N. Harris
The difference between choosing God’s path and choosing the world’s path makes all the difference as well. The world’s path may seem easy, comfortable, and convenient, but just like my “i will never forget nightmare path”, it is marked by sin, which takes us down the road of selfish ambition, depression, anxiety, and ultimately leads to death. Eternal death. Not a real uplifting path overall, when you see what the end of it is, but it is surprisingly appealing at the beginning of it.
I am thankful our God has a designated path for each of us. It is marked by life and light. It is not one without trouble and pain, but along the way there is joy. Peace. Purpose. And in the end it leads to life. Eternal life.
We get the opportunity to choose God’s running path or the world’s running path each day. We step with our feet in obedience to God’s commands and Word or we step with our feet in obedience with our selfish sinful desires of the flesh.
I find when I am not spending time in God’s Word, this culture has a way of sneaking into my mind and heart and beckoning me to think and act for myself. To be concerned with earthly things rather than heavenly, Kingdom things. Jesus even reprimanded Peter at one point saying in Mark 8, “Get away from me, Satan! You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Because our flesh is in constant battle with our spirit, we NEED to devote time to talk with God and read and think through His Word of truth.
When we are at a crossroads and do not know what path to choose, we can also have comfort that God WILL show us His good, in fact best path. Scripture says His Word is light. And so we can have confidence that His light will open and close doors, in His way and timing so we are not left to choose on our own. In times of waiting on the Lord, it is not helpful to entertain fears in the now or the future. Waiting times are an opportunity to be who we were made to be. A faithful servant. To actually put our feet, mind, and heart where our mouth is and Live. By. Faith. Not sure of what is ahead. Not understanding all the closed doors. But trusting. That our good God is in control. And WILL open the well lit, sweet smelling, peace giving, purpose giving path which will ultimately. End. In. Life.
Are your feet stepping on a well lit path or have you taken some sinful, dark steps off of it? Will you ask God for forgiveness for following your selfish desires of the flesh and to light up the right path He has instead?
Will you rest in waiting on the Lord in His perfect way because “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” Ephesians 1:11?
What fear will you give over to God today and “Run, Run, Run” to His arms of love where peace is found?
© 2012 Standing on Peace